Woods Hole Oceanographic Institution

Cruise Planning Synopsis

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OC 459-1


R/V Oceanus

Cruise Party

Molly Baringer: Principal Investigator
NOAA/AOML 4301 rickenbacker Causeway Miami, FL US 33149
+1 305 361 4345

Chris Meinen: Chief Scientist
NOAA 4301 Rickenbacker Causeway Miami,, FL USA 33149
+1 305 361 4355

Departure: Mar 23, 2010

Woods Hole, MA

Arrival: Apr 17, 2010

Port Everglades, Fl.

Operations Area

Lat/Lon: 26° 0.0′ N / 76° 0.0′ W
Depth Range: 0 / 6000
Will the vessel be operating within 200 NM of a foreign country? Bahamas
Are visas or special travel documents required? yes

Science Objectives

  • Monitoring of the DWBC for water mass and transport signatures related to changes in the strengths and regions of high latitude water mass formation in the North Atlantic for the ultimate purpose of assessing rapid climate change.
  • Serving as a western boundary endpoint of a subtropical meridional overturning circulation (MOC)/heat flux monitoring system designed to measure the interior dynamic height difference across the entire Atlantic basin and its associated baroclinic heat transport.
  • Monitoring the intensity of the Antilles Current as an index (together with the Florida Current) of interannual variability in the strength of the subtropical gyre.


Science Activities

Leg 1:  Mooring recovery and redeployment of United Kingdom Rapid Array tpo monitor the Meridional Overturning Circulation.  Recovery and redeployment of NOAA's inverted echosounder array (part of the Western Boundary Time Series Project).
Leg 2: Hydrographic sections along the continental slope west of Abaco Island Grand Bahamas across the Deep Western Boundary Current and three sections in the Northwest Providence Channel and the Florida Straits.

Additional Info

Pre-cruise Planning Meeting: Teleconference
Meeting Notes: Pre cruise planning conf. held 2/11/10


  Station 1
  Distance: 900
  Days: null
  Latitude: 26° 30.0’ N
  Longitude: 70° 31.0’ W

Supporting documentation:



Funding Agency: NOAA
Grant or contract number: 00000

Scientific Instrumentation for R/V Oceanus

Other Science Vans:

Shipboard Equipment

12 kHz Pinger for Wire Use
ADCP 75 kHz
Bathymetry System 12 kHz

CTD/Water Sampling

911+ Rosette 24-position, 10-liter bottle Rosette with dual T/C sensors
SBE43 oxygen sensor

Critical CTD Sensors

Hydrographic Analysis Equipment


MET Sensors

Air temperature
Barometric Pressure
Relative Humidity
Short Wave Solar Radiation
Wind speed and direction


Will you be using Long Base Line (LBL) navigation? no
How many nets? 0
How many tansponders? 0
Will you be using Doppler/GPS navigation? yes


CTD Winch with .322" Electro-mechanical wire
Mooring / TSE winch

Standard Oceanographic Cables

Slip ring required? no Number of conductors: 
Non-standard wire required? no Type: 
Traction winch required? no Describe: 

Portable Vans

Hydrographic Van
Science Van 1
Type/size: Storage Van / 10 ft x 8 ft. TBD Location: 01 deck
Water: Power:

Specialized Deck Equipment

Mooring Deployment/Recovery Equipment Required: no Type: 
Cruise Specific Science Winch Required: no Type: 
Nets Required: no Type: 

Over the Side Equipment

Will you be bringing any equipment (winches, blocks, etc.) that lowers instruments over the side? no

Special Requirements

Elecrical Power: no Identify: 
Equipment Handling: no Identify: 
Inter/intraship Communications: no Identify: 
Science Stowage: no Identify: 
Water: no Identify: 

Additional Cruise Items/Activities

Explosive Devices:no Portable Air Compressors:no Flammable Gases:no Small Boat Operations:no SCUBA Diving Operations:no

Hazardous Material

Will hazardous material be utilized?noDescribe deployment method and quantity:
lithium batteries

Radioactive Material


Additional Information

Is night time work anticipated on this cruise?yesSpecialized tech support (Seabeam, coring, other):
Other required equipment and special needs:
Science will bring their own CTD to use as primary. (24 x 10ltr)  Oceanus' CTD will serve as back up.
Science will bring their own O2 Titrarion system, would like a back up provided by sssg
The would also like to have 2 autosals (salinometers) 1 for primary and 1 as backup.  Science understands that both may not be same type or model.

HYDROVAN = Science laboratory van used for O2 titrations and salts

Checklist & Notes


U.S. Customs Form: yes
Diplomatic Clearance: yes
Date Submitted: Jan 8, 2010
Date Approved:
Agent Information:

Master R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name OC459-1
c/o WHOI
266 Woods Hole Rd.
Woods Hole, MA 02543

Contact: Eric Benway
Phone: (508) 289-3770
Fax: (508) 457-2185
Email: ebenway@whoi.edu


Freeport, Bahamas

Master R/V Ship's Name
Attn: Scientist's Name : OC459-1
c/o Global United Ltd.
2nd Floor Global United House
Queens Hwy, Freeport

Contact: Ralph Albury
Phone: (242) 352-9315 ext. 248
Fax: (242) 352-4034
Cell: (242) 359-4638
Email: gulops@gulbahamas.com

United States (Port Everglades, FL)

Master R/V Ship Name
Attn: Scientist's Name OC459-1
Wilhelmsen's Ship Services
8030 N.W. 77 Court
Medley, FL   33166

Edwin Delgado
Marine Manager
North America
Tel: 305-883-3829
Fax: 305-675-9260

AGENT NOTE: For all reply emails please use the following email address:wss-mia-shipsagency@wilhelmsen.com unless you require personal & confidential communication then please reply to edwin.delgado@wilhelmsen.com

WHOI NOTE:  Agent and WHOI contacts should be copied on all communications.  It is requested that shipment information of any equi

USA - Woods Hole Ma.
Bahamas - mid cruise port call in Freeport to change out personnel and equipment.
USA - Port Everglades ( re-enter U.S. customs and Immigration)
Scientific equipment that will be loaded in the U.S. (Woods Hole) that will return to the U.S. on board will need to submit a U.S. Custom form 4455 during loading in March.
Isotope Use Approval: no
Isotope Notes:
SCUBA Diving: no


SSSG Tech:
Sean Guss (male)
Begin staging for U.K mooring group MARCH 19th (Fri).  Container rotataion on the dock to sort out what will go on board. 

Monday MARCH 21st and MARCH 22nd = Mobilization.
Science can move aboard March 22nd.
April 17th marks the end of the science cruise.
Oceanus will transit to Woods Hole April 19 - 23rd.

April 23rd will be demobilization day for remaining gear on board.